Final Carrier Layoffs Coming This Week

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(photo courtesy of Carrier Corp.) (photo courtesy of Carrier Corp.)
INDIANAPOLIS -

The final round of previously-announced layoffs at Carrier Corp.'s Indianapolis operations is set to take place this week. More than 200 employees are part of the company's fan coil production operation, which is being relocated to Mexico.

The layoffs were originally supposed to take place in December, however Carrier delayed the move due to rising demand and attrition. The number of employees impacted by the layoffs was also reduced from 290 to 215. The company adds every employee will receive a one-time payment, severance pay and six months of medical insurance continuation. Nearly 340 employees were let go in the first round of layoffs in July.

In a statement released Wednesday, Carrier says its Indy operations will employ approximately 1,100 people once the layoffs are complete.

"Since the initial announcement, approximately 60 impacted employees have chosen to take advantage of the company’s Employee Scholar Program and pursue degree programs," Carrier says. "In addition to reimbursing four-year education costs, Carrier has also reimbursed, and will continue to reimburse, technical training costs for those who prefer to pursue a vocational technical certification program."

The layoffs from the fan coil production operation were not included in the deal announced in November 2016 by then-President-elect Donald Trump. In that deal, Carrier parent United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) committed to keep more than 1,000 jobs in the city, 800 of which were also slated to move to Mexico. 

The deal also included a $16 million investment by Carrier into the Indy facility. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. in July 2017 approved $7 million in conditional tax credits and training grants related to the investment.

You can read Carrier's full statement on the final round of layoffs below:

This week, approximately 215 employees will leave Carrier, completing the final phase of the previously announced plan to relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines. Following the transition, Carrier’s Indianapolis operations will employ approximately 1,100 people. 

Since the initial announcement, approximately 60 impacted employees have chosen to take advantage of the company’s Employee Scholar Program and pursue degree programs. In addition to reimbursing four-year education costs, Carrier has also reimbursed, and will continue to reimburse, technical training costs for those who prefer to pursue a vocational technical certification program. All impacted employees will also receive a one-time payment, severance pay and six months of medical insurance continuation beyond separation.

United Technologies, parent company to Carrier, announced in June 2017 that over the next three years it expects to hire nearly 25,000 people in the U.S., of which more than 5,000 new positions will be created in support of the company’s innovative new products.

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